Philadelphia International Records 50th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read

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Blurb from WhoSampled:

“Philadelphia International Records is to the City of Brotherly Love what Stax is to Memphis or Motown is to Detroit: a powerhouse label representing the cream of the era’s Soul talent. Helmed by songwriting / producer duo Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Philadelphia International was launched in 1971. In the years that followed Philadelphia International would release classic album after classic album from a roster of artists that included some of the biggest names of the era, among them The O’Jays, Billy Paul, The Three Degrees, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and Teddy Pendergrass. The label’s all star roster delivered a mature and refined brand of Soul – message music which covered topics ranging from Civil Rights and the Vietnam war to matters of the heart. In celebration of the label’s 50th Anniversary, we are pleased to present this exclusive mixtape, pairing classic tracks from the catalogue with a selection notable Hip Hop and R&B tracks to have sampled them, mixed by Chris Read.”

Listen on Mixcloud:


  1. Bunny Sigler – Shake Your Booty
  2. Teddy Pendergrass – Love TKO [Sampled by Ahmad / Compton’s Most Wanted]
  3. Ahmad – Back in the Day (Remix) 
  4. Compton’s Most Wanted – Can I Kill It?
  5. O’Jays – Family Reunion [Sampled by Jungle Brothers]
  6. Jungle Brothers – Jungle Brother (True Blue)
  7. Delfonics – La La Means I Love You [Sampled by Ghostface]
  8. Ghostface feat Allah Real and Trife – Holla
  9. Teddy Pendergrass – Close the Door [Sampled by Keith Murray / Big Daddy Kane]
  10. Keith Murray – Get Lifted (Erick Sermon’s Remix)
  11. Big Daddy Kane – In the PJs
  12. Al Johnson – Back for More [Sampled by Faith Evans]
  13. Faith Evans – Sunny Days
  14. Billy Paul – Ebony Woman [Sampled by Rapsody]
  15. Rapsody feat SiR and JID – Iman
  16. O’Jays – What Am I Waiting For [Sampled by 50 Cent]
  17. 50 Cent – Ski Mask Way
  18. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes feat Sharon Paige – You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good [Sampled by Raekwon]
  19. Raekwon feat Ghostface & Blue Raspberry – Rainy Dayz (Remix)
  20. Teddy Pendergrass – Come Go With Me [Sampled by Mad Lion]
  21. Mad Lion feat KRS One & Brenda K Starr – Double Trouble (Remix)
  22. Joe Simon – Drowning In a Sea of Love [Sampled by Ghostface]
  23. Ghostface feat Shareefa – Not Your Average Girl
  24. Dexter Wansel – Theme From the Planets [Sampled by Ghostface]
  25. Dexter Wansel – New Beginning [Sampled by The Lox]
  26. The Lox feat DMX & Lil Kim – Money, Power, Respect
  27. O’Jays – Darlin Darlin Baby [Sampled by Big Pun]
  28. Big Pun – I’m Not a Player
  29. The Spinners – I’ll Be Around [Sampled by Nine]
  30. Nine – Any Emcee
  31. Dexter Wansel – Life on Mars [Sampled by Lupe Fiasco]
  32. Lupe Fiasco – The Cool
  33. Harold Melvin – To Be True [Sampled by Common]
  34. Common – Gold
  35. Billy Paul – Let the Dollar Circulate [Sampled by Steve Spacek]
  36. Steve Spacek – Dollar
  37. The Intruders – I’ll Always Love My Mother [Sampled by Raphael Saadiq & Q Tip]
  38. Raphael Saadiq feat Q-Tip – Get Involved
  39. O’Jays – Give the People [Sampled by EPMD]
  40. EPMD – Give the People
  41. Dexter Wansel – Sweetest Pain [Sampled by Mac Miller]
  42. Mac Miller – Nikes On My Feet
  43. The Jones Girls – Nights Over Egypt [Sampled by Faith Evans]
  44. Faith Evans – I Don’t Need It